David Crosby

David Crosby, whose love of harmony and talent for songwriting helped usher in the folk-rock sound, died on January 18, 2023. He was 81. Crosby grew up in Southern California and became a cornerstone of the Laurel Canyon sound of the 1970s. Fascinated by the Everly Brothers’ vocal blend, Crosby brought a gift for singing harmony as a founding member of The Byrds; he also co-wrote one of their most beloved songs, “Eight Miles High.” After leaving the group, he co-founded Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their lush vocals and exquisite songs such as “Guinnevere” (another Crosby original) led to a Grammy win in 1970 for Best New Artist. In 2019, Crosby shared his life story in the Cameron Crowe documentary film, David Crosby: Remember My Name.